Beaudesert's laundromat is undergoing restoration

RETRO: Building contractor Ozzie Karpaz with building owner Rebecca Reilly. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
RETRO: Building contractor Ozzie Karpaz with building owner Rebecca Reilly. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE owners of the building that houses Beaudesert Dry Cleaners and the laundromat on William Street have started to restore the old structure to its former glory.

Rebecca Reilly said she and her husband Tom Garvin decided to smarten up the premises as a way giving the town a bit of character and perhaps encouraging public works similar to the projects recently carried out in other areas of the Scenic Rim.

“They are doing Vibrant Towns in Canungra and Tamborine, so it would be great if we had something similar in our town,” Ms Reilly said.

“We’ve had so much support from the community – people honk their horns and wave as they drive past and some have stopped to take photos and posted them on Facebook.”

The restoration is almost complete.

The restoration is almost complete.

Ms Reilly said they had based the restoration on an old photo they found of the building when it used to be a bank.

“We tried to restore it to its original facade,” she said.

“Of course we couldn’t use the original bricks but the ones we used are 100-year-old empire bricks called Melbourne reds.”

The work was carried out by builder Ozzie Karpaz, who finished the job in a week.